Avena NM, Long KA, Hoebel BG. Sugar-dependent rats show enhanced responding for sugar after abstinence: evidence of a sugar deprivation effect. Physiol Behav 84: 359-362

Department of Psychology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA.
Physiology & Behavior (Impact Factor: 2.98). 04/2005; 84(3):359-62. DOI: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2004.12.016
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Studies have shown that intermittent sugar availability (12 h/day) produces signs of dependence in rats, including escalation of intake, mu-opioid and dopamine receptor changes, behavioral and neurochemical indices of withdrawal, and cross-sensitization with amphetamine. "Deprivation-effect" paradigms, whereby abstinence from a substance results in enhanced intake, are often used to measure "craving" for drugs of abuse, such as alcohol. The present study used operant conditioning to investigate consumption of sugar after abstinence in rats selected for glucose avidity. The experimental group was trained on a fixed ratio (FR-1) schedule for 25% glucose for 30 min/day for 28 days and also had glucose access in the home cages for an additional 11.5 h daily. The control group had only the 30-min/day access to glucose in the operant chambers. Then, both groups were deprived of glucose for 2 weeks. After this period of abstinence, animals were put back in the operant chambers. The experimental group responded significantly more than ever before, and significantly more than the control group. In conclusion, daily 12-h access to sugar, in the paradigm used, can result in an altered neural state that lasts throughout 2 weeks of abstinence, leading to enhanced intake. Together with previous results, this deprivation effect supports the theory that animals may become dependent on sugar under selected dietary circumstances.

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    • "It has been demonstrated that fasting may increase the intake of palatable foods and drugs (Avena et al., 2005). Corroborating this study, after 12 h of fasting, we demonstrated that the offspring with access to palatable diets (C- SSD and S-SSD) had greater food intake after 30 min, suggesting greater voracity than that displayed by the groups that only had access to the SC (C-SC and S- SC). "
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    • "In fact, studies have revealed substantial overlap between the brain circuitry underlying addictive behaviors and overeating; for instance, both substance-dependent and obese subjects exhibit decreased reward circuit activation in response to the drug of choice or palatable foods (Stice et al., 2008; Tomasi and Volkow, 2013; Volkow et al., 2013). Rats have also been found to self-administer sugar in ways which resemble substance abuse, involving loss of control, cross tolerance, failed attempts to quit, and the spontaneous production of withdrawal signs and symptoms following opiate antagonist administration (Avena et al., 2005; Gold and Avena, 2013; Hoebel et al., 2009). One factor which has been recently found to influence food preferences and eating behavior over the life-course is fetal/neonatal history (Portella et al., 2012; Silveira et al., 2006b, 2004, 2008). "
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